Online Security

Online scams are becoming more frequent and sophisticated through websites and mobile devices. Your online safety is important to CMG and your experience of our Website should be safe too. 

What is phishing, hoax websites or other scams?

The fraudulent practice of sending emails or texts or establishing hoax websites posing as your bank, a reputable company (like Chandler Macleod) or similar, to get your private details such as personal information, bank account or credit card details, passwords or to get you to pay money.

What should I look out for?

Hoax websites:

  • The Website URL – Scammers often use web addresses that resemble the names of well-known companies but are slightly altered. Fake web addresses have subtle differences from the real one, so double check the URL to see if there are any variances to the original one.
  • Design and Layout – Check for differences in the design. Certain elements of the website design may not be exactly the same.

Phishing:

  • Spelling of emails – Poor grammar and spelling if often an indication of phishing emails. If you notice mistakes in an email, it might be a scam. 
  • Personal information request – Always be extremely cautious with emails asking you for personal information. Never provide personal details such as your bank account information or your home address when you’re uncertain who will be receiving the information as you can be susceptible to identity theft
  • Links in email – If you see a link in a suspicious email message, don't click on it. Rest your mouse (but don't click) on the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.
  • A New Contact – Be careful when you receive an email that don’t relate to recent contact from CMG, or is not addressed to you personally e.g. ‘Dear candidate’.

Scams:

  • Spoofing popular websites or companies – Emails from people, businesses, popular websites or companies that you do not know or have not ever dealt with can be a warning sign of a scam email. The email will often contain links or pop-up windows that take phony scam sites that take you to what looks like a legitimate website.
  • ‘Too good to be true’ offers – Scams often involve asking you to provide personal details or pay a small amount now in return for the promise to receive a larger amount later.

What should I do?

Please contact your CMG recruitment consultant or the CMG Privacy team on (02) 8267 4680 or privacy@chandlermacleod.com if you receive any suspicious emails or messages or other requests reportedly from Chandler Macleod or another entity in relation to Chandler Macleod.

Opening their message is ok. Just don’t click on links or attachments. Please note that you should only ever provide personal details in response to an expected request or one you have initiated.

To learn more about phishing, hoaxes other similar scams and online security visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au.

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